European countries praise progress in Libya dialogue

France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcomed, in a joint statement, the vote of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF)  on a selection mechanism for a new interim executive authority, which will guide Libya towards national elections on December 24, 2021.

"This is an important step towards Libyan unity. The LPDF’s decision affirms the clear demands of the Libyan people that it is time for a change of the status quo. We encourage all Libyan parties to act urgently and in good faith to finalize the adoption through the LPDF of a unified and inclusive government. As participants in the Berlin Conference process and international partners of Libya, we will lend our full support to the LPDF’s efforts."

The statement emphasised the importance of the critical role of the international community in supporting a political solution in Libya, in addition to the ongoing partnership with members of the Berlin Process.

The statement also welcomed the appointment of Jan Kubis as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Libya, the appointment of Raisidon Zininga as the Coordinator of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, and Georgette Gagnon as Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator,  promising to fully support them in their important roles.

The statement  highlighted the importance that all Libyan and international actors support the steps towards the full implementation of the Libyan ceasefire agreement signed on October 23 last year, including the immediate opening of the coastal road and the removal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries.

Read the joint statement here

 

Source: commonspace.eu with Al Ghad TV (Cairo). 
Picture: French President, Emmanuel Macron with the commander of Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar and Libyan PM, Fayez al-Sarraj. (Twitter: @BenJeannerod). 

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